By Jacob Scandalis
Function of the Respiratory System
Features of alveoli that allow them to adapt to gas exchange
How carbon dioxide and oxygen are transported in the blood stream
2 Major Disorders
Pneumonia - An infection of the aveoli which can be caused by various kinds of both bacteria and viruses. Tissue fluids accumulate in the aveoli reducing the surface area exposed to air. Symptoms and signs are cough, chest pains, difficulty breathing, fever, fatigue, nausea, mood swings, etc. Most causes of Pneumonia can be treated iwthout needing to go to the hospital. Oral antibiotics, rest, fluids, and home care are sufficient for complete consoildation.